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Two ways to spend Valentine's Day in NYC

A view of lower Manhattan shows One World

A view of lower Manhattan shows One World Trade Center, right, rising above the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty, left. (Aug. 23, 2011) Credit: AP

Millions of people from around the world make New York City their destination of choice, but while they need to fly or sail, Long Islanders can take advantage of the city’s wonders with relative ease. With Valentine’s Day coming fast, here are a couple of possibilities in the Big Apple:

On Tuesday, Feb 14, there's a Valentine’s Day Tour from Gray Line New York. Departing at 6 p.m. aboard a heated motorcoach, it begins with a guided journey around lower Manhattan and stops in Little Italy for a romantic dinner. Next, guests will be brought aboard a water taxi for a close-up cruise to The Statue of Liberty and a Champagne toast – then return to shore for a tour of Highline Park. Tickets can be purchased at newyorksightseeing.com for $79 each; each purchase includes a pass to the “Top of the Rock” observation deck in Rockefeller Center.

Meanwhile, the Omni Bershire Palace (21 E. 52nd St., 212-753-5800, omnihotels.com) is featuring an “Ooh Là Là Romance Package” that allows for a night including sparkling wine, bites of petit fours and macaroons, turndown service that offers robes, music and lighting, a breakfast for two (for either in-room or restaurant dining) and late check-out upon request. There's also a concierge pre-call set to help with personal requests. Rates start at $331 per night and are available from Feb. 10 to Dec. 31 (package is also presented at other Omni hotels and resorts; check the website for locations and prices). If you’d like to possibly stay for free, however, visit Facebook.com/OmniHotels and enter in the “Ooh Là Là Romantic Moments” contest, which will provide an eventual weekend stay at the Omni Berkshire for the winner (entrance is open until Valentine’s Day).

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